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Avoiding Sneezes on Valentine’s Day

Nothing says “I Love You” like a big bouquet of flowers – unless your valentine suffers from pollen allergies. Luckily, there are plenty of low-pollen flowers you can choose from to make a brilliant bouquet.

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Go for the classics

Roses, the traditional blooms, are actually a great choice for allergy sufferers, since their pollen doesn’t become airborne (they rely on insects to pollinate). Hybrid Tea roses or big roses that are still in the bud are great choices. Big sprays of free-flowering garden roses, like Banksia roses, are pollen-free.

Next: Try something exotic »

  • Go for the classics
  • Try something exotic
  • Give a potted bloom
  • Consider (certain) lilies
  • Fillers to use and avoid
Tip

Many blooms, such as lilies, are being specially bred to be allergen-free or low-allergen. Ask your local nursery.

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